I’ve been fortunate to have heard Bream perform live several times in my youth, and what a wonderful performer he was. Even with an occasional clam once in awhile, he had a way of drawing the audience in. Recording is a completely different animal, even if there are no edits, how many takes will the performer do before satisfaction? I’ve heard people complain about Yepes’ early recordings containing mistakes, well the question then is do you want this honest approach, more of a live recording, or do you want perfection done with smoke and mirrors by the recording engineer?
It is an interesting observation though Luke, I hope your sensitive ears don’t interfere with your listening pleasure, I have friends with perfect pitch that get bothered by the orchestra being slightly sharp or flat. That would drive me nuts.